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Tumblr now home to over 100 million blogs and 44.6 billion individual posts

Over 100 million user blogs have been created at Tumblr, according to the most recent statistics displayed on the company's website. <i>The Next Web</i> was first to notice that Tumblr had crossed the hundred million milestone only a year after reaching 50 million. Over 44.6 billion posts have been …

Instagram Infographic Breaks Down Its User Types

Instagram to some has democratized photography, whereas to others (professional photographers) it’s bastardized the art form. Take it or leave it, 40 …

IDC: Smart connected devices surpassed 1 billion device shipments in 2012

According the the IDC, smart connected devices surpassed 1 billion shipments in 2012, with around 1.2 billion devices being shipped worldwide. Smart …

SEGA to release original Sonic the Hedgehog game for Android soon

Retro gaming is going strong in 2013. Recently Namco made Pac-Man free after 33 years and now SEGA has announced at the 2013 Game Developers Conference that it will be releasing the original Sonic the Hedgehog game for Android. The game isn’t just a simple port but a complete re-work of the 90’s …

Payleven, The Samwers’ Square/PayPal Rival, Ramps Up Security With FSA Authorization, MasterCard mPOS Scheme

There is no single mobile payment company in Europe that has reached the scale and stature that Square has in the U.S., where the Jack Dorsey-led startup processed $1 billion in transactions in 2012. Payleven, one of the many mobile payment startups that want to take that crown on the other side of …

Microsoft reportedly looking to dump IPTV business in favor of Xbox

Microsoft appears to be mulling over plans to dump its IPTV business. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that Ericsson is in talks with the software maker to buy up its IPTV software, known as Media Room, that is used to power services like AT&T's U-verse. Microsoft is expected to continue its focus on TV apps and …

Nook devices to get in-app purchasing soon

Barnes & Noble subsidiary Nook Media LLC, which is a leading retailer of digital media and educational products, has announced a new feature is …

BlackBerry’s Android Bet Is Paying Off

BlackBerry’s App World now touts 100,000 BB10 applications. An impressive number for a platform just months old. But out of those 100,000 applications, roughly 20% are Android apps, simply ported over rather than being coded specifically for BlackBerry 10.<p>This is a win for BlackBerry. It’s a big …

HTC One faces possible stock shortages in Taiwan

It seems everyone wants a piece of the HTC One. The “unprecedented demand” for the phone – as well as the Ultrapixel shortages – has caused release delays in several markets, including HTC’s home turf of Taiwan. While the device will still hit stores this week, the stock apparently will be quite …

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iPad mini vs Nexus 7 vs Nexus 10 vs Surface RT: tablet comparison review

(Please note: this is <i>not</i> a comprehensive roundup of every tablet on the market, <i>nor</i> a detailed list of every specification of those tablets. It's my …

Hands-on with Mozilla’s Web-based “Firefox OS” for smartphones

Plans for an all-HTML5 smartphone OS are ambitious. Maybe too ambitious.<p>Launching a new mobile OS is a difficult project since the market leaders, …

20% of all Blackberry 10 Apps are Android ports

Blackberry had just announced last week that the Blackberry App World had finally reached its 100,000 app milestone. The Blackberry App World had …

More Apps Coming to Cars, but They’re Still Miles From Perfection

One thing is certain at today’s New York International Auto Show: Auto makers are getting more app-happy.<p>But auto apps are still far from high-tech …

Evernote for Windows Phone updates with redesign, improved tags, and more

Windows Phone users who are yearning for a better Evernote experience on their mobile devices are now in luck. The app just received a major update …

CHART OF THE DAY: How People Use Facebook On Smartphones

IDC conducted a survey in conjunction with Facebook to find out how people are using smartphones. It surveyed 4,446 people aged 18-44 who use iPhones or Android-based phones. In this chart you can see how people are using Facebook on smartphones.

Hey, New Yorkers: 1993 is calling. From a payphone. It wants its history back.

"Recalling 1993" art project offers oral history from residents of the era.<p>Starting this week, the city is turning all Manhattan payphones into “time …

Rumor: Amazon smartphone to feature a 4.7-inch display

Ever since Amazon first entered the Android tablet space with the Kindle Fire back in 2011, there has been rumors floating around about the company working on a smartphone as well. Two years later and we’re still waiting for the alleged device that was “guaranteed” to be released in July last year. …

Mobile Technology

Google uninvites some winners of Google Glass contest

Google giveth Google Glass invitations and Google taketh away.<p>The Web giant has begun notifying winners of its Glass Explorer #ifihadglass contest, which invited people to submit their applications of Google's high-tech specs if they were among the first chosen to have access. Kicked off a month …

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BMW Announces New iOS App Partnerships with Audible, Glympse, Rhapsody, and TuneIn

BMW has announced that its app-compatible BMW and MINI vehicles now support integration with iOS audio and music apps Audible, Rhapsody, and TuneIn, along with location sharing app Glympse.<p>"We regularly identify apps that our owners rely on as part of their everyday life, and adapt them for an …

Today in APIs: TomTom Extends its API and Gyft Targets Mobile Developers

TomTom is looking for developers to expand its range of available solutions. Gyft pushes for mobile platform integration. Plus: API omission renders …

Report: Twitter To Hit Nearly $1 Billion In Ad Revenues Next Year

A few billion tweets, and suddenly you’re talking real money.<p>In a new report, eMarketer predicts Twitter’s advertising revenues will more than double this year, to almost $583 million. Next year, revenues will hit almost $1 billion, the market research firm says.<p>Those forecasts are a boost from …

Google Launches “Full Value Of Mobile” Calculator To Help Businesses Measure Online And Offline Impact Of Mobile Marketing

The market for mobile advertising is forecast to reach $11.4 billion this year on the back of explosive growth in smartphones and tablets, but companies like Google, currently the world leader in mobile advertising, are all too aware of a big issue that could trouble the industry longer-term: there …

Flipboard Hits 50M Users, Releases "Do It Yourself" Magazine Feature

Flipboard has become a massively popular service in the past few years. Today, the company announced that it has 50 million readers, more than double the amount than in August, when it reported a 20 million reader figure.<p>In addition, it is also launching a new feature that allows anyone to curate …

Sociogram Mobile: A Starter-Kit Application for PhoneGap and Facebook Integration

in Facebook, PhoneGap<p>A few weeks ago I shared Sociogram, a sample application that demonstrates how to use the Facebook JavaScript SDK and the Graph …

Welcome to the Next Generation of Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / March 27, 2013<p>What’s the only thing better than Flipboard? Flipboard 2.0! It’s a major new edition, with treats for everyone from …

Flipboard 2.0 refreshes app's look, now lets everyone run their own magazine (hands-on)

Flipboard announced today that it has 50 million users, and also released a new version of its app that lets every one of them become an editor-in-chief. Flipboard 2.0 is "the most epic release we've ever done," CEO Mike McCue told <i>The Verge</i>, and most of its new features focus on curation: users can …

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AT&T Expands 4G LTE Availability

AT&T has announced it’s LTE expansion into four existing markets as well as three new U.S. markets today, enabling owners of AT&T 4G LTE capable …